The Shrewsbury pupils successfully completed their Sports Leaders UK Award last year – a level 2 qualification run as a Thursday afternoon activity by Embrace UK. It focuses on equipping participants with the skills to develop and lead sports events and coaching programmes.
Having enjoyed the experience of delivering sports sessions in primary schools as part of their course, five of the pupils involved were keen to continue running activity clubs for local schools and develop this into a permanent outreach project. In addition to planning the programme, devising lesson plans and producing risk assessments, they have also been busy learning how to fundraise and approach local businesses for support.
Last term all five pupils helped with a tag rugby tournament that catered for 60 pupils from local primary schools. They were pleased to receive £250 in sponsorship from the RFU.
This term Marcus Young, Charlie Tyler-Westwood and Will Stanford-Davis have been delivering a sports programme for a local primary school, running very popular rugby and football after-school clubs each week. "We love going out to the local schools," says Will. "It's clear to see that all of the children really enjoy it, which makes it worthwhile and a rewarding experience." They are delighted to have received a cheque for £250 from Morris & Co, which they have used to buy equipment.
In the meantime, Bridgit Merison and Georgie Nicholas ran a very successful after-school craft club in Shrewsbury Cathedral School last term for a group of year 4 pupils, having successfully fundraised for the materials they needed.
Lots more is planned for the future, including another Tag Rugby Competition for local primary schools in the winter term.